RICHMOND – On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10:30 A.M., GO Virginia Board Member Steve Smith, President and CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores, will address SWVA Economic Forum attendees regarding Region 1 population trends, income, employment, and labor force data, and the economic challenges that face the region. He will describe how GO Virginia provides a platform for the Southwest Virginia region to come together and address these economic challenges and how the initiative provides opportunities to create more higher-paying jobs in the region. GO Virginia Region 1 is comprised of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe counties and the cities of Bristol, Galax, and Norton. More information on the Forum can be found here.

WHO:GO Virginia Board Member, Steve Smith
WHERE:   David J. Prior Convocation Center, UVA-Wise, Wise, Virginia
WHEN:  Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 10:30 AM

About the GO Virginia coalition: The GO Virginia Coalition was created to evaluate the state of the economy in Virginia and subsequently to advocate for the adoption of legislation authorizing the GO Virginia Initiatives. The coalition provides support for the Growth and Opportunity Board: to create more higher paying jobs through incentivized collaboration, primarily from out-of-state revenue, that diversify and strengthen the economy in every region of the Commonwealth. The coalition is comprised of business and community leaders, partners in education and government, and interested Virginians from across the Commonwealth who support regional cooperation on private-sector growth, job creation, and career readiness. Bipartisan and business-led, the coalition favors state incentives to encourage collaboration among business, education, and government in each region, providing a framework for implementation of the private sector-focused strategies of leading business organizations and political leaders in both parties. Learn more and join the coalition at


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